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Machiavelli's The Prince and its Role in Politics in the Renaissance - In the time of Renaissance, which has been characterized by the age of reawakening of humanism. The prince plays one of the most important role in the dramatic developing of political in the Renaissance period and still hold an universal impact on today's politicians. However its views points has been debating over time. Machiavelli maintain the thoughts which is the essential for the cruel to a successful leader. To those of view points according to Machiavelli's thoughts are the arguments that a prince is to be clement or cruel, to be feared or loved....   [tags: Machiavelli, Prince, ] 750 words
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Machiavelli’s The Prince: Examples of Machiavellian Leaders - Arguably, the most Machiavellian leader to ever exist would be Joseph Stalin. He abided by three major Machiavellian methods that were stated in the Prince: the ends justifies the means, crush any opposition, and displaying a false character. Stalin had a plan for Russia and did everything in his power to achieve that plan. He wanted to transform Russia into a industrial superpower, a military superpower, and a political superpower. To achieve his goals he committed many horrible crimes against humanity....   [tags: Machiavelli, The Prince] 2033 words
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Ethics in Machiavelli's The Prince - Ethics in Machiavelli's The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian statesman and political philosopher. He was employed on diplomatic missions as defence secretary of the Florentine republic, and was tortured when the Medici returned to power in 1512. When he retired from public life he wrote his most famous work, The Prince (1532), which describes the means by which a leader may gain and maintain power. The Prince has had a long and chequered history and the number of controversies that it has generated is indeed surprising....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince]
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The Powerful Truth of Machiavelli's The Prince - The Powerful Truth of The Prince    Before 1513 conventional thought defined a ruler as a man who used generosity, truth and justice to govern his kingdom. Machiavelli saw the conventional thought of the time as a fantasy and only applicable in a utopian society. His work The Prince shatters all previous political thought by stating that a ruler must not only use the traditionally accepted means of maintaining power but also be able to use brute force, deceit and even cruelty as the situation requires....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]
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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince and The Discourses -      Niccolò Machiavelli thoroughly discusses the importance of religion in the formation and maintenance of political authority in his famous works, The Prince and The Discourses. In his writing on religion, he states that religion is beneficiary in the formation of political authority and political leaders must support and endorse religion in order to maintain power. However, Machiavelli also critiques corrupt religious institutions that become involved in politics and in turn, cause corruption in the citizenry and divisions among the state....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Religion Religious Essays]
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The Power of Machiavelli’s The Prince - The Power of Machiavelli’s The Prince Nowadays, it is politically impossible to commit to paper a “training guide” for leaders. There are innumerable detractors to any possible stance or strategy a leader might adopt. As a result of this, all “training” must take place behind closed doors, far from the prying eyes and ears of the news media or the public. But this has not always been the case. Niccolò Machiavelli was brave enough to give the leaders of his day a how-to guide. In this work, The Qualities of a Prince, we are given a point-by-point description of what a leader should do to effectively lead his country....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays] 858 words
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Machiavelli's The Prince: Politics, War, and Human Nature - Machiavelli's The Prince: Politics, War, and Human Nature "[I]t is necessary for a prince to know well how to use the beast and the man." (Machiavelli, The Prince, p. 69[1]). In this swift blow, Niccolò Machiavelli seems to strike down many visions of morality put up on pedestals by thinkers before his time. He doesn't turn to God or to some sort of common good for his political morality. Instead, he turns to the individual?more specifically, self-preservation in a position of power....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Essays Papers]
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Machiavelli’s The Prince and the Modern Executive - The Prince and the Modern Executive     Few question The Prince’s place in the canon of western literature. That it marks a turning point in our collective history, the origin of the study of politics as a science (Pollock 43), is alone enough to warrant its classification as a "Great Book. Its author, Niccolo Machiavelli, a contemporary of Copernicus, is generally accepted as an early contributor to the scientific revolution, because he looked at power and the nature of sovereignty through the eyes of a scientist, focused completely on the goal without regard for religion and morals and ethics....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]
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Free College Essays - Machiavelli’s Politics in The Prince - The Prince - Machiavelli’s Italian Politics The Prince was one of the first humanist works of the Renaissance. Indeed it is a work of art, a literary masterpiece of sorts. Yet this work has been vehemently debated over the centuries and remains one of the most controversial pieces of writing today. Although many critics consider The Prince a satire, simply an attempt to reveal the problems with the ruling class, most see Machiavelli’s work as a serious attempt to lay the groundwork for the reunification of Italy under the Medici family of Florence....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince] 383 words
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Machiavelli’s The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli lived in Florence, Italy in the 1400’s. The country of Italy was divided into city-states that had their own leaders, but all pledged alliance to their king. In time in which great leaders were needed in order to help the development of a city-state and country, Machiavelli had a theory that man needed a leader to control them. In his book The Prince, he speaks of the perfect leader. I believe that man, by nature, is neither good nor evil. When a child comes out of its mother, one cannot tell whether or not that child will be a serial killer or win the Nobel Peace prize....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays] 653 words
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Separating Political Conduct and Personal Morality in Niccolò Machiavelli's, The Prince - Separating Political Conduct and Personal Morality in Niccolò Machiavelli's, The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli wrote, in his novel The Prince, that strong central political leadership was more important than anything else, including religion and moral behavior. Machiavelli, writing during a period of dramatic change known as the Italian Renaissance, displayed attitudes towards many issues, mostly political, which supported his belief that strong government was the most important element in society....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Essays Papers]
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Machiavelli’s The Prince as a Modern Political Guidebook - The Prince as a Modern Political Guidebook     "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."      (Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV 111.1.31) Kingship and leadership is a human concept.  Contraptions and  fiction invented by human beings that hold the fabric of  society together.  It is the job of the leader to make the fiction work for the good of all.  The quote above evokes the overall feeling about kingship held by both Prince Hal and his father in Shakespeare's Henry plays.  Being a leader is perhaps the most difficult position one can ever attain.  And in the same vein that King Henry IV says this above line, so does his son King Henry V offer this lament:    The slave, a member of th...   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]
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The Morals of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - The Morals of a Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli Throughout the years many rulers and princes have strived to be the best. The book some believe set the standards for a prince is Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Morals of a Prince." Machiavelli states "Hence it is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity" proving that he believes it vital for a prince to know wrong in order to thrive and flourish (Machiavelli 331). Machiavelli undoubtedly has key points that reveal his feelings about being a successful, wrong prince....   [tags: The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli] 435 words
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Validity of Names in Machiavelli’s Prince and Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex - Validity of Names in Machiavelli’s Prince and Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex   People often drop names to assure the achievement of whatever goal it is they are trying to achieve. This tactic works especially well in business, but it can also work in argument. Names of influential people have influential affects. “I know Don Corleone,” would certainly have gotten nearly anything done in Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. Both Simone de Beauvoir and Niccolò Machiavelli used the names of well-known people to add a sense of importance and truth to what it was they were saying....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Essays] 761 words
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How Princes Should Honor their Word: "The Prince” by Niccolo` Machiavelli - In this book “The Prince” written by Niccolo` Machiavelli attempts to persuade the readers how princes should act in order to keep their thrones, or how to capture a throne and uphold it. He also illustrates to us how by not following this system can lead to death or becoming overthrown. I was amazed at how well his compositional skills were and in my attempt to show you how skillful of a writer and persuader he is we will look at chapter XVIII. By introducing the chapter with politics, coming up with clear and logical main points, and laying out all possibilities and consequences of those points I believed that this chapter made a very impressive persuasive argument....   [tags: Prince, Niccolo` Machiavelli, government, monarchy] 983 words
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Utopia by Thomas More and The Prince by Machiavelli - Utopia by Thomas More and The Prince by Machiavelli Thomas More’s Utopia and Machiavelli’s The Prince both concern themselves with the fundamental issues of how a society works and maintains itself. The goals behind the two works, however, differ considerably. The goal of Utopia is to illustrate the maintenance of an “ideal” society and the goal of The Prince is to instruct a prince, or ruler, on how to maintain his state. On the surface these two goals may seem similar but the difference lies in the way the authors handle the subject of power....   [tags: More Utopia Prince Machiavelli Essays] 816 words
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Human Nature in The Prince by Machiavelli and Utopia by Thomas More - Human Nature in The Prince by Machiavelli and Utopia by Thomas More It is difficult to determine Niccolo Machiavelli?s and Thomas More?s view on human?s nature. Each took a different approach to the topic. Through Utopia, Thomas More attempted to change man?s thinking by creating an ideological society. Niccolo Machiavelli, through The Prince, attempted to teach man how to deal with human nature. With this in mind, Machiavelli?s concept is much more realistic than More?s; therefore Machiavelli better represents human nature....   [tags: Papers More Machiavelli Prince Utopia Essays]
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Lion and the Fox Metaphor in Machiavelli's The Prince - Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, The archetype man for politics in history. He was born on May 1469 and died June 1527. He is an Italian philosopher, thinker and writer. He was considered by many as one of the origin founders of political science in modern age. He was a diplomatic person, besides being a political philosopher, and musician. In Florentine Republic he used to be a civil servant. Then In 1498, he was elected as Secretary to the second Chancery of the Republic of Florence by the Great council....   [tags: the prince] 517 words
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The Prince, by Machiavelli - “It is much safer to be feared than loved.” This quotation was just a specimen of the harsh and very practical political annotation of the legendary historian, Niccolò Machiavelli – philosopher, patriot, diplomat, advisor and statesman. He was born as the son of a poor lawyer in 1498, but he never let boundaries restrict him. He still received an excellent humanist education from the University of Florence and was soon after appointed as the Second Chancellor of the Republic of Florence.2 His political importance to Florence would soon give him the opportunity to write what is disputed as one of the most significant works in history, The Prince....   [tags: The Prince]
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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince - ... “Since it is my intention to write something of use to those who will understand, I deem it best to stick to the practical truth of things rather than fancies” (Machiavelli 61). The textbook describes medieval political treaties as being dedicated to advising their new princes of how to be positive and exceptional as well as gratifying to their God. The difference between those teachers and Machiavelli is the information they taught to their future princes. Machiavelli on the other hand attempted to teach those future princes how to be successful, how to survive and be strong without commending God or following the rules....   [tags: prince, president, literary analysis] 799 words
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The Tao-te Ching by Lao-Tzu and The Prince by Machiavelli - “The Tao-te Ching” by Lao-Tzu and “The Prince” by Machiavelli Throughout history, it can be argued that at the core of the majority of successful societies has stood an effective allocation of leadership. Accordingly, in their respective works “The Tao-te Ching” and “The Prince”, Lao-Tzu and Machiavelli have sought to reach a more complete understanding of this relationship. The theme of political leaders and their intricate relationship with society indeed manifests itself within both texts, however, both Lao-Tzu and Machiavelli approach this issue from almost entirely opposite positions....   [tags: Tao-te Ching Lao-Tzu The Prince Machiavelli]
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Machiavelli's The Prince: Still Relevant after All These Years - Machiavelli is “a crystal-clear realist who understands the limits and uses of power.” -- Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jared Diamond (2013) Written almost 500 years ago, Niccolo Machiavelli’s “The Prince” brings forward a new definition of virtue. Machiavelli’s definition argued against the concept brought forward by the Catholic Church. Machiavelli did not impose any thoughts of his own, rather he wrote from his experience and whatever philosophy that lead to actions which essentially produced effective outcomes in the political scene of Italy and in other countries....   [tags: The Prince]
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Machiavelli's The Prince - The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian statesman and author and prominent figure of the Renaissance, was born on May 3rd, 1469. His father was Bernardo di Niccoli, who belonged to an impoverished part of an old Florentine family, and there is little recorded about his youth. It was in the independent city-state of Florence that he began an active career as a politician as a young man, becoming part of important diplomatic missions throughout Europe. He met with some of the most famous figures of his time and all history, such as Pope Alexander IV, and his son Cesare Borgia, as well as King Louis VII of France and Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli] 1404 words
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Reaction to Machiavelli's The Prince - Machiavelli illustrates several key points in what it takes to be a "successful" Prince. In chapters 5-10, Machiavelli is giving us a true image of the coldhearted reputation he has carried throughout the years. He explains his ideas on taking over a "free" state or republic and how to conquer and rule with the peoples loyalty and respect. Machiavelli argues in chapter 5 that the key to taking over a free state is initially to destroy it. By destroying the city, Machiavelli believes that the citizens will have no choice but to follow the direction of the new prince....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli] 910 words
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Commentary on Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince - ... Machiavelli decides to present his work to Lorenzo Medici, although it was formerly intended to be given to Giuliano Medici; Giuliano’s death led to the change of decision to be Lorenzo. He wishes to be of some use to the Medici empire through presenting this work, and hopes that he may regain some status in the Florentine government. He was an official in the Florentine Republic for many years, with responsibilities in diplomatic affairs, when the Medici were out of power. After the Medici had recovered power and he no longer held a position of responsibility in Florence, he hastily comprised The Prince....   [tags: Italy, Renaissance, Politics] 1039 words
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Vladimir Putin and Machiavelli's The Prince - ... In both cases Putin was not afraid to use war and other violent means to defend when he perceived as Russia’s interest. Just a true Machiavellian prince would do. The Second Chechen War, which Putin lead is perfect example of using every means possible, including “un-virtuous” ones to defend the state. In this case, and the others Putin put his obligations to Russian unity above international norms and all other obligations. Vladimir Putin’s actions and foreign policy are based on the same fundamental principles exposed in The Prince....   [tags: important figures in global political stage] 2678 words
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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar - The Bible teaches love, compassion and generosity. Niccolo Machiavelli found the Bible’s lessons idealistic and unrealistic for leaders. Machiavelli wrote his book, The Prince, to show the ruling Meddici family that the world is not a fairy tale. Prior to Machiavelli writing The Prince, the majority of books depicted people as virtuous and ethical. However, The Prince is not the only work of literature that manifests Machiavellian techniques. William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar utilizes similar methods....   [tags: Julius Caesar, The Prince]
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Cassirer, Nietzsche and Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince - Cassirer, Nietzsche and Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince When the word "Renaissance" is mentioned, an image of love for antiquity learning and fine arts usually springs to one's mind. Yet this perception, however legitimate it may be in many areas of Renaissance human achievements, shatters in the face of Niccolò Machiavelli's masterpiece The Prince. Unlike his contemporary Baldassare Castiglione who exemplified subtlety, Machiavelli was ruthlessly practical, nonchalantly callous, and admirably seamless in his logics about the bloody art of political power....   [tags: Prince]
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Qualities of a Leader in Machiavelli's The Prince - In Machiavelli’s, The Prince, he listed seven of the characteristics that he thought a leader had to have to be a good leader. However, some of these tenants had conflicts concerning the lack of thought towards actual human nature. One of the tenants specifically said,”Virtue can ruin a person, and vice can bring success.” This statement seems logical when you first look at it, but, as you delve into the actual meaning of the tenant, you realize it is more complex and misleading than before. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the definition of virtue is,”morally good behavior and character”....   [tags: morals, vices, deceiving] 577 words
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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince examines the nature of power and his views of power are still somewhat in existence today. I'll discuss this in this essay, emphasizing the following theses. Machiavelli discusses power over the people, dictatorial power, and power with people, shared power. While it is possible for power with to attain greater prevalence in society, it will not completely eliminate power over. In The Prince, Machiavelli discusses two distinct groups of people, the political elite, including nobles and other princes, and the general public....   [tags: Machiaveli Prince Power Essays] 1051 words
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Machiavelli The Prince Review - The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli isn't about one man's ways to feed his power hungry mindset through gluttony, nor is it just explaining altercations between a nation's states. This writing is regarding to how one's self-confidence can make them become powerful in a society and also, the way morals and politics differ and can be separate in a government. Originally, Machiavelli wrote The Prince to gain support from Lorenzo de' Medici, who during the era, was governor of Florence. As meant as writing for how a society should be run, this book has been read by many peoples around the world who want to have better knowledge of the perfect stability of beliefs and politics required to run a goo...   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli] 1269 words
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Machiavelli his life and times - What is white, Italian, starts with a ‘M’, and is hated all over. No, it’s not mozzarella cheese it is Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli was a Florentine chancellor and a well known philosopher. He is notoriously known for being amoral and his entire collection of works was on the Papal Index (Machiavelli’s The Prince). Though he lived during the 1400’s his works are still being read, analyzed, scrutinized, and, in the case of modern politicians, used as a blueprint in how to run a nation. Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 to Bernardo di Niccolo and Bartolomea Nelli (Machiavelli Pg....   [tags: Philosophy, Machiavelli, The Prince] 1081 words
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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince - More than 480 years ago, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince was published. It established a system of governance influential still today. His ideas were available before thinkers such as Rousseau and Locke. Men who believed that government derived its just powers from the consent of the governed. Machiavelli, unlike Rousseau and Locke, did not suggest government of the people, but government were power was centralized and secure in the hands of an elite few. His ideas, for example, led to the rise of France as a world power under the leadership of Louis XIV, arguable one of the most successful monarchs in European history....   [tags: governance, power, leaders]
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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince - In The Prince, Machiavelli explains several principles for a leader to follow and establishes that is better to feared than loved if one cannot balance both. A ruler that is well-loved is not always respected and can easily lose control of his people, especially when others have devious motives. By drilling fear and avoiding hatred from one’s subjects, a leader is able to stay in power and at the same time still have the respect of his people. As a leader there will always be adversities, and doing what is best for the state of affairs should always come first....   [tags: princiciples of leadership, Obama] 726 words
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Analysis of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - ... Threw out the story it gives you an outline of choosing your role as a prince you can live and server in a good way, such as being at peach with your kingdom or city seeing how "A wise prince should follow similar methods and never remain idle in peaceful times" by rebuilding or reaching out to the people it could sever great adversity. So if fortune changes the kingdom will still be behind you no matter what comes in the near days to come. At the same time your army will neglect you if they feel like it's too much peace in the area and not enough war....   [tags: friendship, citizens, title, prince] 515 words
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Prince Hamlet Versus Machiavelli's Prince - Prince Hamlet Versus Machiavelli's Prince           The Prince is a celebrated and highly controversial piece of work by the Italian aristocrat Niccolo Machiavelli. His work is a summation of all the qualities a prince must have in order to remain in his position. Machiavelli supports the idea that a prince use his power for the ultimate benefit of all, but he also does not condemn the use of any unpleasant means in order for the prince to maintain his power. His ideas both compare and contrast to the methods used by Prince Hamlet of Denmark in Shakespeare's Hamlet....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli, Shakespeare]
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machiavelli and the prince - Social Life in Medieval and Early Modern Italy Nicolo Macchiavelli and The Prince At the end of the 14th century, Italy was still politically organized by city-states. Emerging as one of the most influential writers of the Renaissance, Niccolo Machiavelli was a political analyst, whose aim was to free italy from foreign rule, as well as to unite and strengthen the Italian city states. Machiavelli believed Italy could not be united unless its leader was ruthless....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Machiavelli - The Prince - The Prince, one of the most popular and well known doctrines of political thought was also one of the greatest works of Niccoló Machiavelli. First published in 1513, The Prince was written in response to the failure of the Greek-based Italian city-states. Machiavelli wrote The Prince because, despite being a firm Republican, he was also well-documented as a strong patriot. He wanted that his people live under a free but effective government, but he decided that if his nation has to be ruled by a despotic form of government that he would rather have it be a strong yet merciful tyranny....   [tags: essays research papers] 816 words
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The Message in The Prince - The Message in The Prince The Prince, written by Niccolo Machiavelli, is one of the first examinations of politics and science from a purely scientific and rational perspective. Machiavelli theorizes that the state is only created if the people cooperate and work to maintain it. The state is also one of man?s greatest endeavors, and the state takes precedence over everything else. The state should be one?s primary focus, and maintaining the sovereignty of the state one?s most vital concern. The state is founded on the power of its military....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince] 1177 words
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Machiavelli and Obama: The Benefits of NOT Keeping a Promise - In chapter eighteen of The Prince, Machiavelli tells the reader how to be successful and when not to keep your word. It is seen through out history that people of power constantly renege on their promises. This philosophy can be connected to our most prominent political figure of this modern day: President Obama. In this chapter, Machiavelli has two major premises: the nature of man, and the nature of fighting. After explaining the natures of both man and fighting, Machiavelli makes the argument that it is better to be a fox (thus successful) and gives a basic outline on how to be one....   [tags: The Prince, Machiavelli ] 782 words
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Applying Machiavelli's The Prince to Real Life - Many people have attempted to explain their beliefs on gaining power and holding on to it as a leader or ruler. Although many people have attempted this, not many have explained it in such a way as Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli’s reputation is often said to be based on one of his writings called The Prince. This handbook was written to explain how to obtain and keep political power (Norton Anthology, 182). Machiavelli’s point from this writing was to make the rule effective even if those means included the ruler being deceptive and violent (Norton Anthology, 182)....   [tags: Fidel Castro, Cuban revolution]
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Comparing Orwell's "1984" and Machiavelli's "The Prince" - When examining the totalitarian government of 1984 by George Orwell, a direct connection can be drawn to the motives and ideals associated with Niccoló Machiavelli’s The Prince. Machiavelli’s support of the political necessity as a means to remain in power resonate with the government whose aim is to “extinguish once and for all the possibility of independent thought” as a way to ensure complete political orthodoxy within the country (193). Specifically, Machiavellian thought plays an important part in 1984 as its ideas on reputation, revolution, avoiding hatred, and the use of fear to control a populace are used by INGSOC in order to maintain complete control throughout the story....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Prince by Machiavelli - Possibly the most controversial book ever written, The Prince by Machiavelli, focuses on how a Prince or leader should rule. Many of the techniques that are stated in the text have caused many debates ever since it’s publication. When Machiavelli composed the Prince, his contemporaries were shocked at the ideas and themes presented. The Prince introduced a whole new way of thinking that was almost completely contrary to present beliefs. For that reason, in 1559 the Pope banned the printing of the Prince and the rest of Machiavelli’s writings....   [tags: Controversy, Banned, Ruler] 1883 words
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The Prince by Machiavelli - Machiavelli’s the Prince is a 16th-century extended analysis of how to acquire and maintain political power. While many are cynical of Machiavelli’s intention when writing The Prince, the works of earlier writers seem to indicate that his piece was indeed a reflection on how a ruler ought to govern. The dedication declares Machiavelli's intention to discuss in plain language the conduct of great men and the principles of princely government. He states that he does so in hope of pleasing and enlightening the Medici family and offers it as a “some token of his devotion.” (Skinner) Italy was struggling with its limits on power and Machiavelli responded accordingly....   [tags: mantaining political power] 2640 words
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The Prince by Machiavelli - Living in a tumultuous era, filled with political and religious conflicts, warring city-states, and a continent ruled by a government who used the church to control and conquer, an exiled Machiavelli wrote the book The Prince to give politicians a basis on how to rule a nation and as a way to continue to make a statement in Florence’s politics. The book itself was unlike the regular “mirrors for princes”, in a sense that instead of telling the prince how to be morally sound it told him how to be effective as a ruler....   [tags: Novel Analysis, Russia, Stalin] 1049 words
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Machiavelli’s View of Human Nature - Niccolo Machiavelli was a political philosopher from Florence Italy. He lived during the Italian Renaissance from May 1469 to 1527. This period in time that Machiavelli lived was the "rebirth" of art in Italy and rediscovery of ancient philosophy, literature and science. Machiavelli’s philosophy about the nature of man is that man possesses both good and bad qualities, but will lean towards his own self-interests when all things are equal: thus man is a fickle creature. Machiavelli’s view of human nature influences his view of government....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince] 590 words
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Machiavelli’s View of Human Nature - Machiavelli’s View of Human Nature Simple versions of Machiavelli’s conception of human nature may readily be elicited from The Prince. It is easy to find textual support for claims that appear to presuppose or be equivalent to some version of psychological egoism. He says, for example, that “men in general … are ungrateful, voluble, dissemblers, anxious to avoid danger, and covetous of gain; as long as you benefit them, they are entirely yours,” but their “love is held by a chain of obligation which, men being selfish, is broken whenever it serves their purpose.” (Prince, xvii, p....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince]
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Virtù in Machiavelli’s Prince - For most contemporary readers, Niccolò Machiavelli is a name synonymous with deceit, cunning, and manipulation, a reputation which stems almost entirely from his authorship of one of the central works of modern political philosophy: The Prince. Given this image, it is incredibly ironic that the Italian word virtù and its derivatives appear no less than seventy-two times throughout the work. While the translator goes to great lengths to adapt this versatile word to the context of the situation, it is nevertheless clear that virtù is closely related to its English cognate virtue....   [tags: Ethics, Strength, Skill] 1517 words
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Machiavellian Folly in The Prince - Machiavellian Folly in The Prince       In the annals of history, many individuals have contributed great works of literature, waxing philosophically on the meaning of life, death, and love.   Niccolo Machiavelli wrote not on love or life, but on power:  How to capture it, how to consolidate it, and how to defend it against all comers.  His work has been talked about and dissected to the extent that his subject matter and methods have earned their own moniker:  Machiavellian.  Nonetheless, this great philosopher's works did not meet with unanimous approval.  His own student, Thomas Hobbes, presented a very different account of politics.  This essay offers a Hobbesian critique of some of M...   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]
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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince: A Guide to Being an Effective Ruler - “The Prince”, by Niccolo Machiavelli, is a series of letters written to the current ruler of Italy, Lorenzo de’ Medici. These letters are a “how-to” guide on what to do and what not to do. He uses examples to further express his views on the subject. The main purpose was to inform the reader how to effectively rule and be an acceptable Prince. Any ruler who wishes to keep absolute control of his principality must use not only wisdom and skill, but cunning and cruelness through fear rather than love....   [tags: power, principality, republic]
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Obtaining and Maintaining Political Power in Machiavelli's The Prince - In 1513, Niccoló Machiavelli wrote a political treatise supplying various method of ways a prince can obtain and maintain his political power. This work of literary art caused tons of controversy and was later forbidden by Pope Clement VIII due to it going against the normal traditional ethics at the time According to Machiavelli, a prince should only be concerned about power and ways leading to the success of their political actions. Modern scholars feel as though the book was not written as a actual guide of how to rule, but more of a satirical work of art on how not to rule over a country....   [tags: ethics, satire, army]
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Cesare Borgia: An example in The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - ... He was able to conquer the Romagna using arms of King Louis XII and Orsini to defeat the Colonna family. Machiavelli advocates tactics like the ones used by Cesare Borgia like weakening strong powers, gaining popularity and getting noblemen to switch their loyalty to him Machiavelli uses Cesare Borgia as the principle example of how a prince should handle a principality that was given through fortune. “Thus, if one considers all the steps of the duke, one will see that he had laid for himself great foundations for future power, which I do not judge superfluous to discuss; for I do not know what better teaching I could give to a new prince than the example of his actions” (27)....   [tags: Prince, Leader, Ambition]
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Safer to be Feared than Loved in The Prince - Safer to be Feared than Loved in The Prince Rulers throughout history would have different reactions to Machevelli’s statement, “It is much safer to be feared than loved”. Rulers that wanted total power would have a tendency to agree with the claim but other rulers exerted power without being feared. Charlemange would disagree with Machevelli because he reaped great benefits from friendliness. Charlemange supported and cooperated with the church throughout his reign. In return, the church crowned him Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas day 800....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince] 501 words
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Machiavelli Prince - The evolution of modern politics is strongly influenced by Machiavelli’s tactics in The Prince. The fast nature, smooth talking, and lack of original thought seen in modern politics is evident in Machiavelli’s work. It is a small but powerful thing to gain favor in politics, and Machiavelli accomplishes this well throughout The Prince. In applying his brain to assume a logical means to keep the status quo a political roadmap is created. Giving this work to the reigning Medici family gains their favor thus granting Machiavelli’s release from prison....   [tags: essays research papers] 603 words
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Relevance of Machiavelli’s The Princeto Today's World - The Relevance of The Prince to Today's World The only way it was possible to get ahead was to be part of the inner circle.  It didn't really matter what the issue was or what sort of implications it carried.  All that mattered was knowing the right person, having the right information, making the right introductions, and going to the right parties.  The most valuable information was not necessarily something you knew about an enemy but something you knew about a friend.  Staff and "advisors" were, in many ways, far more powerful than the aristocrat holding office....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays] 1298 words
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The Prince As A Modern Polititcal Treatise - The Prince As A Modern Political Treatise Written almost 500 years ago by the so called first political scientist in the world, Niccolo Machiavelli’s “The Prince” brings forward a new definition to virtue. A definition which argues against the concept brought forward by the Catholic Church. Machiavelli did not impose any thoughts of his own rather he only wrote from his experience and whatever philosophy that lead to actions which essentially produced effective outcomes in the political scene of Italy and in other countries....   [tags: Political Scientist, Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli]
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Comparing Machiavelli's The Prince and Plato's The Republic - Comparing Machiavelli's The Prince and Plato's The Republic       Many people in history have written about ideal rulers and states and how to maintain them.  Perhaps the most talked about and compared are Machiavelli's, The Prince and Plato's, The Republic.  Machiavelli lived at a time when Italy was suffering from its political destruction.  The Prince, was written to describe the ways by which a leader may gain and maintain power. In Plato?s The Republic, he unravels the definition of justice.  Plato believed that a ruler could not be wholly just unless one was in a society that was also just....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing Machiavelli's Prince and Martha Stuart - Machiavelli's Prince and Martha Stuart I believe Machiavelli's advice in The Prince was ideal for the rulers in 16th century Italy, because Machiavelli understood the motivation of most political men. Machiavelli based his theories on perfect examples throughout History. Machiavelli reverently believed his advice was essential for the uniting of Italy which was his principal desire. Machiavelli states that in an ideal world, it is virtuous for a prince to be good. But in reality, princes who distance themselves from ethical concerns and do whatever it takes for the benefit of their states rule best....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 642 words
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Shakespeare on Machiavelli: The Prince in Richard III - Shakespeare on Machiavelli:  The Prince in Richard III     According to many, Shakespeare intentionally portrays Richard III in ways that would have the world hail him as the ultimate Machiavel.  This build up only serves to further the dramatic irony when Richard falls from his throne.  The nature of Richard's character is key to discovering the commentary Shakespeare is delivering on the nature of tyrants.  By setting up Richard to be seen as the ultimate Machiavel, only to have him utterly destroyed, Shakespeare makes a dramatic commentary on the frailty of tyranny and such men as would aspire to tyrannical rule....   [tags: Richard II Richard III Essays Shakespeare]
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Commentary of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - In chapter 17 of The Prince, On Cruelty and Mercy, and Whether It Is Better to Be Loved Than to be Feared or the Contrary, Machiavelli continues his discussion of virtues that the modern reader might not consider as virtues. He considers mercy and cruelty as with generosity and ungenerosity. Machiavelli’s dark view of human nature is displayed in this chapter – a warning about those who tell you they love you in good times but desert you in bad times. He talks about how a prince should rather be feared than loved, if he cannot manage to be both loved and feared, but never hated....   [tags: mercy and cruelty]
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The Prince by Machiavelli - The Prince by Machiavelli The Prince is by far Machiavelli's most well known and important work. In 1513, after his exile from Florence, Machiavelli began this great work. In The Prince, Machiavelli dedicated it to Lorenzo de Medici, who never responded to the privately sent copy. Interestingly enough , the line of the Medici family represented the ineffectual leadership that Machiavelli disliked in The Prince. Machiavelli's work has long been infamous for what some consider its harsh, unscrupulous methods of obtaining power and in ruling....   [tags: Papers] 574 words
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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - ... The principality is determined by how much power a prince has. A prince maintains new principalities by making sure that his people love and respect him. He can accomplish this by making the people think that his ideas are their ideas and that he is looking out for their best interest. He instills fear in the people to ensure that they do not rebel against him. “Such a government, being the creature of the prince, will be aware that it cannot survive without his friendship and support.” (p.28) Although today’s politicians use some of these tactics, it is not as apparent as in “The Prince”....   [tags: the principality, power, rulers] 894 words
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The Prince by Nichollo Machiavelli - ... Machiavelli states "An insightful ruler, thusly, can't and ought not keep his word of honor when such a recognition of confidence might be to his burden and when the reasons which made him guarantee are uproot. What's more if men were all great, his standard might not be great; however since men are a disgusting part and won't keep their guarantees to you, you in like manner need not keep yours to them." When contrasting this articulation and President Obama's at first made guarantees and the measure of makes a guarantee to he really kept and moves he made to fight issues concerning the American native one can unmistakably see that Obama's political system is fundamentally the same to Ma...   [tags: literary analysis, book review, classic] 1012 words
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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - ... Machiavelli distinguishes between different principalities, how to acquire and retain them. A recurring theme for princes to ensure their security is to expunge the former rulers, so that the people already accustomed to living under a prince will naturally succumb to the new prince; they will be ‘accustomed to obey’ (Marriott 2001, p. 27). Most of the time it is advised that the prince must reside in the principality to establish colonies that align with him. The author often speaks of a ‘wise man’ (Marriott 2001, p....   [tags: book review and analysis] 2031 words
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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - Machiavelli’s The Prince has been widely interpreted as representative of political behavior that is violent and deceitful. As such, the term Machiavellian has to come to be associated with deviousness, ruthlessness, and power politics. The issue of whether or not Machiavelli can be considered a Machiavellian himself is difficult to resolve because of the complexity of the arguments he puts forth in both The Prince and Discourses. While the claims made in the former are more focused on the individual, namely the “prince,” those posited in the latter describe phenomena on a broader spectrum, having to do with human nature and society at large....   [tags: sociopolitical analysis] 680 words
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Similarities Between the Philosophies from Machiavelli's The Prince and the Characters from Shakespeare's Macbeth - ... So when comparing Shakespeare’s characters we can see that this is true. When comparing Duncan of being clemently, we can see that he was being too nice to the point where he trusted everyone and had developed his tragic flaw; being the inability to see past someone’s appearance. This further proves Machiavelli’s idea’s on being too kind. So when we compare Macbeth to Machiavelli’s ideas on fear and hatred Macbeth also falls short. Macbeth before he committed the murder of Duncan was a well-respected general....   [tags: power, flaw, ambition]
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Machiavelli and the Use of Antiquity in The Prince and The Discourses - ... The examples Machiavelli provide range from ancient history such as Alexander the Great’s conquest of Asia, the establishment of the Romans and the rebellions against it in Spain, France and Greece, to contemporary history of Louis XII’s lost of Lombardy. Machiavelli even reads the bible as secular texts as in his reading of classical histories. Thus, to him Moses is a conquering prince, well armed, and is willing to scarify his people for the higher good—that is, to maintain the state . The aim of Machiavelli’s The Prince is to provide the prince a viable model so as to maintain the state with the help of antiquity....   [tags: political philosophu, principalities, republic] 1825 words
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Visions of a Perfect Society Illustrated in Machiavelli's The Prince and Thomas More's Utopia - When people think about the ‘perfect’ society, all will have a different idea on the topic. For example, Thomas More wrote in ‘Utopia’ of a society where all of the cities were exactly the same. Whereas Niccolo Machiavelli wrote about how a society should be ruled in ‘The Prince.’ Both works paint a portrait of leadership and laws, as well as life and society. In ‘The Prince’, Machiavelli isn’t describing the aspects of a perfect society, he is speaking of how a prince should rule it in order to make it ideal....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay] 514 words
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The Prince and The Discourses by Niccolo Machiavelli - ... The connections between the contemporary era of Florence and the ancient era of Rome will be discussed later, in each section of the paper. According to Machiavelli, one of the first contributions that the Florentine populace should make to its state is by supporting its ruler and participating in politics; this is because well-organized governments generally have strong rulers who came into power with the supports of the plebs. By looking at Machiavelli's list of qualities that rulers must possess, it is clear to see that he puts a strong emphasis on the importance of the ruler's ability to get the support of the populace....   [tags: Florence leadership in the Renaissance] 1764 words
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The Principles Of Machiavelli Exposed in The Prince - Machiavelli's views have been misinterpreted since his book was first written, people take him in the wrong way, and are offended by what he says. Careless readers take him in a completely wrong way, such as they think that he believes that the end justifies the means, that a leader should lie to the people, and that a ruler has to rule with force. In actuality, Machiavelli means no such thing, he says that there are times when the common good outweighs the means, and the morality of a rulers actions....   [tags: essays research papers] 512 words
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Political Philosophy in Machiavelli’s The Prince and Discourses on Livy - ... He knew this was hard to accomplish and said that if a prince had to choose between being loved or feared he should choose fear. Machiavelli describes men as “Thankless, fickle, false, studious to avoid danger, greedy of gain, devoted to you while you able to confer benefits upon them… but in your hour of need they turn against you”(43-44). This low view of man that Machiavelli expressed impacted the way he felt a prince should rule. He seemed to feel that the prince should be subduing his subjects most of the time....   [tags: power, leaders, rule] 721 words
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Machiavellian Rulers Are Focused on War in Machiavelli’s The Prince - Machiavelli’s “The Prince” brought up some controversial characteristics on what a Machiavellian ruler is. The characteristic that was most stressed was that “A prince must have no other objective, no other thought, nor take up any profession but that of war.”(Machiavelli 37). With a main focus on the art of war a ruler can protect the state he governs from attacks against him and his state. Machiavelli offers us an analogy to prove the importance of war. He speaks of two men: one armed and one unarmed....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 1071 words
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When the Ends Justify the Means in Machiavelli´s The Prince - ... Securing the state's power is just because it secures its citizens. Therefore, the state is justified in its actions, so long as it is projected towards this end goal in mind. This is where the phrase, “the ends justify the means” first blossomed. Machiavelli justifies his claim on the basis that men are inherently violent, ungrateful and disloyal. In short, Machiavelli has a rather pessimistic view of human nature. The only way to tame human nature into a cooperative fashion is for the state to exercise fear over its citizens....   [tags: Values, Morality, Authority]
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The Influences of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince on Richard the Third - ... Machiavelli advised his Prince that if he wanted to gain a position that didn’t belong to him, he would have to be ready to kill the defenders of that space. He warned the Prince that the deed might anger God, but implied that there was no other way to truly succeed. Richard seemed to be channeling Machiavelli’s mindset. Though a man who is willing to kill all of his family might seem like a bit of an idiot, Richard was anything but. He commited his crimes quite viciously, but like a true late-night crime show serial killer, he made sure to carefully cover his tracks....   [tags: murder, heir, loyalty] 616 words
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The Machiavellian Analysis of Politics - Written around 1513, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince is arguably one of the most famous treatises on politics in history. Dedicated to Lorenzo de ’Medici, ruler of Florence at the time, The Prince was not published until five years after Machiavelli’s death in 1532. It contains Machiavelli’s well-known analysis of politics: all politics is characteristically defined as the struggle of acquiring and maintaining power. Within his analysis, Machiavelli (1513) writes “One who adapts his policy to the times prospers” (p....   [tags: The Prince, Machiavelli]
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Morals and Ethics in The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - In The Prince, Machiavelli discusses morality and ethics concerning secular powers, specifically principalities and secular government. On the other hand, Erasmus discusses the role of morality and personal ethics with regards to religious institutions, specifically the church. While both address different institutions, both express similar viewpoints on many issues. Both agree that personal ethics and morals run thin in the institutions. However, while Machiavelli attempts to completely decouple the actions of good rulers from personal ethics, Erasmus argues that the church has lost track of its original principles down the line....   [tags: human natures, cruelty, christianity] 1279 words
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Political Ideology in The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli - ... Machiavelli’s ideas were powerful new aspects that helped shape political theory and established original thoughts that provoked new ideas from people. His views on politics are shown in The Discourses, which takes “the form of a commentary on the first ten books of Livy’s history of Rome,” (Skinner 78). Quote from The Discourses explained. In 16th Century Europe, Machiavelli initiated a change in power from the Church to the Heads of State. This revolutionized political theory and moved away from earlier politicians following the same guidelines....   [tags: leaders, head of states, dominance] 650 words
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Insights to Shakespeare's Hamlet from Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince - Insights to Shakespeare's Hamlet from Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince A prince is a title of the highest rank of the nobility. The word prince comes from the Latin word princeps, meaning first. The title prince can be used in many ways. In 1513, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote The Prince in which he wrote his ideas on how a strong ruler might gain and keep power. Many people have offered their views on how a prince or ruler should behave and govern. However many people today consider Machiavelli the father of modern political science....   [tags: Papers] 915 words
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Comparing the Societies in Machiavelli's The Prince and More's Utopia - A Comparison of Societies in Machiavelli's The Prince and More's Utopia A perfect society has always been the goal for many; unfortunately it has only existed in books. The Prince by Niccoló Machiavelli, written in 1513, provides necessary information to become a Prince who will obtain, keep, and please his empire. Thomas More's Utopia, written in 1516, creates an ideal civilization that will live happily, comfortably, and without any problems. Both books attempted to solve problems within a society by critiquing other institutions and creating their own solutions....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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